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an all-rounder
He sees himself asanall-rounderwho fulfils both tasks to the highest standard.
Sir Walter provedanaccomplishedall-rounderat everything except painting.
A player who excels in both batting and bowling is known asanall-rounder.
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an armchair traveler ( )
Whether you're looking for a gift for anarmchairtraveleror a frequent flier, you can't go wrong with a book.
Whether you are anarmchairtraveleror have actually had the unforgettable experience of visiting Africa, its rich cultural history and natural beauty will always be with you.
at your service
Expect five-star service with an incredibly attentive wait staffatyour service.
We, as you well know, areatyourservice.
a backbreaking
Tiling a patio can be abackbreakingjob, although the results will be spectacular.
Still, the morning air is mild enough to get it done, and the work isn't backbreaking.
They workbackbreakingday jobs and play in Cuban dance clubs at night.
a bad apple in the basket
Why should onebadapplespoil the whole barrel, to use another cliche.
Republicans seem capable of removing abadapplefrom the bunch.
to be caught in the act
Here'sthelatest round of scammers whose deceptions werecaught intheact.
Even when these officials arecaughtintheact,thegovernment is not punishing them.
Thomas Mallon was a college student when the Watergate burglars got caughtintheact.
to be home and dry , ;
Halfway down the side of this field you need to go right through the gate, then you'rehomeanddry.
Even those who avoided the introduction of higher fees are far from homeanddry.
If just two votes had gone the other way she would have beenhome anddry.
to be in the doghouse
Everybody finds themselvesinthedoghouseat one time or another in their career.
According to a survey, men will spend more than twice as much as women on their sweethearts.
Guys seem to spend handsomely mainly to avoid being in the doghouse with their partner.
Insubordinate athletes are ofteninthedoghousewith their coaches.
to be on the house ( , )
"Here," said the waiter, "have a cup of coffee on the house.
" I went to a restaurant last night.
I was the ten thousandth customer, so my dinner was on the house.
to be on the same wavelength ( )
The best part is knowing that I'monthesamewavelengthwith a lot of people.
It's important to talk with people so that everyone isonthesame wavelength.
We haven't really been workingonthesamewavelengthfor the past couple of months.
to be out of earshot ( )
The boss was only waiting to getoutofearshotof HR to show his true appreciation.
Try to move the noisy washing machine outof earshot.
Reporters were keptoutofearshotof the highly anticipated meeting.
to be running low (on) ,
Short of ideas andrunninglowon cash, Republicans are in need of new leaders.
It's a handy last-minute gift option, especially if you'rerunninglow on cash.
They wererunninglowon fuel because of the time spent looking for the enemy.
a bench warmer
Abenchwarmerin the third division football league probably earns more than that.
At best he is only going to be abenchwarmerif he joins another club.
Almost $10 million is too much to pay abenchwarmer.
beyond a shadow of doubt
Beyondashadowofadoubt, the list below proves that statement to be true.
Inaworld run by mere mortals, there is no such thing as knowing factsbeyondashadowofadoubt.
They proved,beyondashadowofadoubt, that they are equipped to play in terrible weather.
a big fish = a big shot
I would sooner beabigfishin a little pond, than a little fish in a big one.
Alston isabigfishin the rather small pond of British modern dance.
He's happily retired from politics now, a senior statesman,abig-shot investor.
And he got the dirt cheap money in the first place because his Dad was abigshot.

to catch up on old times
We talked, laughed and caughtuponoldtimes, and I truly felt like someone was interested in me.
The couple will be more relaxed and comfortable chatting with friends and catchinguponoldtimesthan they will be on the day of the wedding.
a cooked-up story
Thestorywascookedupby Steve Martin.
It turned out that she hadcookedupthestory.
to cut a deal with somebody - ( )
Jerry Brown justcutadealwiththe union, which supported his candidacy.
Mercadocutadealwiththe government on the eve of the presidential election.
To achieve his goal peacefully, Mugabe may still have tocutadeal withhis rival.
to do something in double-quick time -
I sincerely hope Murray wins thisindoublequicktime.
Smart public relations matter more than ever in the Twitter age, when crises can blow up and reputations can get trashedindouble-quick time.
Dont get onto the bandwagon.
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For sure, some companies stumble when they blindly jumpontothe iPadbandwagon.
Others may have jumpedontothebandwagonwhen stocks were going up and now regret it.
Because of my reputation, I believe that I could have jumpedontotheglobal warmingbandwagon.
Dont pull a fast one on me.
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Can this be true, or is my husband trying topullafastoneon me? When people know they are trying topullafastoneonthem and show it, it's a lot more difficult to sell them rubbish.
Dont spring a surprise.
With their young and promising drivers, they just mightspringa surprisethis season.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden's great enigma, could yetspringa surpriseon England in Euro 2012.
In a year of such uncertainty, there is always a possibility that Mr Chirac mightspringasurprise.
a fender-bender car accident
Anne has a clean driving record with scarcely even afenderbender to her name.
A parking lotfender-bendersmashed out a turn signal in my daughter's car.
Everyone who's had afenderbenderknows the cost of repairs is going up.
for once
Foronce, Mexicans can look northward with a sense of sympathy rather than envy.
Foronce, she does not have to care what they think, because she has nice shoes.
to get fresh with someone ()
Don'tgetfreshwithme, young man.
Did he evergetfreshwithyou?
to get mugged
This year, while out walking, Mary wasmuggedby thieves who took her groceries.
Towns should borrow to pay for street lights so people don't get muggedor worse.
In 1989 I wasmugged, beaten and stabbed by a group of boys, who left me for dead.
to give it a go (- )
It's always possible he will feel better on game day and decide to give itago.
I would say to anyone who hasn't tried skiing or snowboarding, just giveitago.
I'm leaving now because an opportunity has come up and I want to giveitago.
to have pipe dreams
My co-worker finally gave up herpipedreamsand wants to return to her hometown.
From the perspective of 11 years ago, these scenarios seemed pure pipedreams.
She asked if I had anypipedreams, which was an interesting question.
he has got deep pockets
With Google'sdeeppockets, it could surely get the deal signed if it wanted to.
Intel was able to recover quickly from its missteps because it hasdeep pockets.
These investments are for VERY experienced investors, with VERY deeppockets.
is driving in the fast lane.
= is living on the edge.
He has a reputation for enjoying lifeinthefastlane.
Some of you need to get out to Africa and see whatlivingonthe edgeis really like.
There are 11 countries currentlylivingontheedgeof success or failure.
is poker-faced.
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On a cool, rainy day, a young,poker-facedhostess asked if we wanted to sit outside.
Hispoker-facedobservations about what went on, both on and off the field, are priceless.
It's a rare view of the usuallypoker-facedRobertson.
I dont see eye to eye with him.
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We didn't alwaysseeeye-to-eyeand we had words but now I'm older I understand.
When it comestocombating AIDS, doctors and clergy don't always seeeyetoeye.
We didn'tseeeyetoeye, but at least he was giving people a chance totalk.
I ran hell for leather.
But it has hardly confirmed the notion that Iran is racinghellfor leatherto build nuclear weapons.
Mike wasn't goinghellforleatherand through sensible driving had time to avoid a potentially serious road traffic accident.
In the series'opening scene, the hero is ridinghell-for-leatheron a dirt bike to deliver a vaccine to a remote Nigerian village.
I would rather not (do something) = I'd rather not ( -)
Apartment owners are banking on the fact that most peoplewould rathernotmove.
Iwouldratherswitch to satellite andNOTpay the cable.
Much less visible are the headaches that Beijingwouldrathernot have exposed.
if your hunch turns out to be right
We had ahunchwe weren't the only ones who liked to sit around and brainstorm solutions for hard problems, and it turnsoutwe were right.
Itturnsout, hishunchwas right.
It goes over my head.
As for your statistics, I'm baffled that itgoesoveryourheadthat you're proving my point.
It really took a load off.
I was happy to leave school at 14 and study on set, because ittookaloadof workoffmy shoulders.
We got smilingalittle bit and thattookaloadoffour shoulders.
Its easy on the pocket.
Scotland's capital can beeasyor hardonthepocket, dependingonwhere you live.
Maybe it is hardonthepocket, but it is certainlyeasyontheeye.
We're talking pubs, sandwich shops, pizzeria, cafes, lunchtime and early bird restaurant deals, that kind of casual,easy-on-the-pocketeating.
it seems to be on the cards
If you think a new career might beonthecards, there are simple steps to take.
The merger has beenonthecardssince the election of the coalition government.
So we have negative real interest ratesonthecardsfor the next several years.
Keep things to yourself.
Though you liketonote howthingsmight be improved,keepittoyourself.
Instead,keepthingstoyourselffor now.
Lets start afresh.
When everyones tensions all round have calmed down and we canstartafreshwith it.
They couldstartafreshwith new budgets and better opportunities for trade.
In earlier times, a new kid entering a new school might have a chance tostartafresh.
loads of something -
She had a really great time, learnedloadsofFrench and was sorry to come home.
Not to mention hundreds of thousands of dollars andloadsofunwanted publicity.
Yeah, he's got a ton of talent, but there'sloadsofkids with talent out there.
to make up for lost time
She has been holding classes every Saturday tomakeupforthelosttime.
Last year was my first year back, and I couldn't wait tomakeupforlosttime.
Samsung's entry into the market represents a chance tomakeupforlostground.
to place more value on something -
As trust in brands is eroded, people willplacemorevalueonrecommendations from friends.
In my experience, no peopleplacemorevalueonindependence of thought and action than Australians.
Research has shown that women are excellent mediators, great networkers, and theyplacemorevalueonbuilding relationships than do men.
seed money
The company just raised someseedmoneyfrom a very impressive list of investors.
He returned Down Under in November to see his family and make someseedmoney.
Launched in 2008, Mo'Minis raised $400,000 inseedmoneyfrom private investors.
You have been taken for a ride.
At the hair salon, several of the ladies insisted on beingtakenforaride.
It seemed to both sides as if they were beingtakenforarideby the other.
The British people have beentakenforarideforfar to long.


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